About Us

“Informing Youth Policy, Improving Youth Outcomes”



AYPF’s vision is that all young people, particularly traditionally underserved youth, have equitable opportunities and supports to become lifelong learners, earn a family-sustaining wage in their career, and actively participate in civic society.


AYPF’s mission is to educate, engage, and inform policymakers and practitioners about education, youth, and workforce policies to improve the lives and outcomes of traditionally underserved youth. We carry out this mission by providing research-based information and resources, first-hand learning experiences, convenings, and peer-to-peer networking exchanges to policymakers and youth-serving leaders at the national, state, and local levels.

AYPF’s Theory of Action

AYPF’s theory of action is to engage with policymakers and policy influencers and provide them information and knowledge and build their capacity on best practices, policies, strategies, and research on positive youth development approaches and effective education, youth, and workforce policies so that they can make better decisions on behalf of traditionally underserved youth. We also believe that policy and practice must be underpinned by research, evaluation, and knowledge, and that the use of research evidence in policy and practice must be supported and expanded.

Four Policy Pillars

AYPF brings forth issues of major concern and allows persons from various professions the opportunity to come together to hear and debate these issues.

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